Well, it was a crazy summer/fall and I was swamped between working full-time and attending school full-time. I unfortunately was not able to do much in the garden. I was also not able to get around to providing a follow-up to my previous blog on starting seeds using 4” pots instead of peat pellets, and I do apologize for anyone that was waiting for the update! With school out of the way now, let me fill you in with some insights that I gained.
For the past few years, my fiancé and I have used peat pellets when starting all of our garden seeds in the Spring. Since we start all the seeds on a heating mat, this has allowed us to easily germinate a fairly large number of seeds (sometimes more than 100) on just a few mats. Once they have sprouted and grown a bit we then repot the seedlings into square 4” pots to give them more room to grow before planting them in the garden outside. Although it works well, there is one problem with this method: it takes too much time!